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How to Turn Off Video Autoplay on Facebook

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If you’re annoyed with Facebook videos playing automatically or you need to save your data, you’ll need to stop it. This guide explains how.

When you’re browsing Facebook on your computer or mobile device, you might be annoyed by videos that play automatically. These types of videos can begin to play as soon as you load the page. Videos can also start playing as soon as you scroll from one post to the next.

The autoplay feature can be helpful when it brings up content related to your interests, but it might not always be desirable. Luckily, you can turn off video autoplay on Facebook from the desktop or on your phone or tablet through settings.

If you want to disable automatic video playback on Facebook, follow the steps below.

How to Turn Off Video Autoplay on Facebook on a PC or Mac

You can disable the video autoplay feature if you’re using Facebook on your PC or Mac via your web browser. You just need to know where to enable or disable the setting.

To turn off video autoplay on Facebook on the desktop:

  1. Launch your browser of choice, head to the Facebook website, and log in if you aren’t already.
  2. Click your Profile icon in the top right corner of the page and select Settings & privacy.Turn Off Video Autoplay on Facebook
  3. Click Settings from the menu.
  4. Scroll down the page and click Videos in the left panel.Turn Off Video Autoplay on Facebook
  5. Under the Video Settings section, click Off from the dropdown menu next to the Auto-Play Videos option.

How to Turn Off Video Autoplay on Facebook on Mobile

You can stop Facebook videos from playing automatically if you prefer to use the Facebook app. To do this, you’ll need to manage the setting in your Facebook app’s settings.

This is especially important for mobile users, as video autoplay on Facebook can use up your available data allowance.

To turn off video autoplay on Facebook mobile:

  1. Launch the Facebook app on your phone or tablet and sign in if you aren’t already.
  2. Tap the Menu button in the lower right corner (on iPhone) or the top right corner (on Android).Turn Off Video Autoplay on Facebook
  3. Swipe down and tap the Settings & privacy option.
  4. Tap the Settings option from the menu.
  5. Under the Preferences section, tap the Media option.Turn Off Video Autoplay on Facebook
  6. In the Autoplay section of settings, select the Never Autoplay Videos option.

It’s also worth noting that in this section, you can also choose only to enable video autoplay when connected to Wi-Fi. So, you might want to select that if you are worried about saving data while using Facebook.

In addition, you can manage the way sound works on videos to keep them quiet or not.

Control Facebook Data Usage

The Facebook video autoplay feature is an excellent way to engage users and help more people see them. On mobile, videos autoplay as soon as you scroll past the post. However, once you turn off video autoplay on mobile, you will need to press play to view videos actively.

You can manage other settings to get more out of your Facebook sessions. For example, you might not want other users to know your recent activity on the social platform. So, you can turn off active status on Facebook and hide your likes to conceal which posts you have liked over time.

Also, regarding privacy, you can use the secret conversations feature on Messenger. And if you want to go nuclear and delete your account, ensure you download a copy of all your data on Facebook before getting rid of the account.

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  1. SS

    May 20, 2023 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you – very helpful!

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